The Director, Facilities, provides strategic leadership in all aspects of facilities management including campus planning, design and development, construction, capital planning, facilities maintenance and operations, and emergency management. Through the Associate Director and reporting Managers, the Director is responsible for the overall maintenance of the campus, capital projects, construction and renovations, energy management and sustainability, and safety and security. Developing and managing department budgets and funding in support of capital projects are responsibilities of this position. Additionally, the Director provides leadership and develops staff and services to support the strategic plans of the College.

The Director, Facilities will lead the development and implementation of key facilities management strategies in alignment with the College’s strategic plan and academic vision, in support of the long-term goals and day-to-day operations of the College.

Specific Responsibilities

Strategic and Policy Development of Capital Planning and Facilities Management

  • Develop, implement, and administer the College’s Five-Year Capital Project plans, in alignment to the institution’s strategic plan;
  • Develop business cases and capital funding project submissions;
  • Act as College representative on new building construction and capital development projects;
  • Provide leadership to the department by creating a common vision;
  • Establish, develop, and administer departmental standards and procedural guidelines;
  • Negotiate and apply to the government ministries for funding of varied capital projects;
  • Working with key stakeholders within the College community to plan, prioritize, and implement major/minor capital projects, large-scale renovations, large acquisitions, and service contracts; and
  • Act as the principal advisor to senior management and the College Board for all areas within facilities management.

Operations and Management of College Facilities

  • Advise and support the Associate and Managers in all matters related to facilities operations;
  • Oversee the planning and implementation of facilities improvements;
  • Ensure the maintenance of College facilities and inventory are in accordance with guidelines as established by the Ministry of Advanced Education;
  • Administer space management for the campus;
  • Oversee preparation of Requests for Proposals for professional consulting services, as well as their evaluation and award; work with Purchasing in tendering activities related to Facilities;
  • Coordinate and negotiate contracts and legal issues in the development of Facilities-related contracts;
  • Ensure all reporting requirements are met, including the Facilities Space Inventory, VFA Reporting, and Accountability reporting;
  • Management of all facilities operating and capital budgets and monitoring expenditures;
  • Develop the annual operating and capital budgets for the Facilities;
  • Provide input and make recommendations for the development and implementation of budgeting of medium and long-range capital projects;
  • Development of a capital renewal plan to prolong the life of campus buildings and facilities;
  • Guide the planning and implementation of the College’s environmental efforts. including energy reduction and reduction in the production of waste and greenhouse gases; ensure that a recy-cling program is in place; and
  • Coordinate with regulatory authorities regarding issues such as land use, building code and safety issues, and accessibility issues.

Security and Risk Management Programs

  • Ensure the effective delivery of Campus Security services;
  • Lead the development of policy and procedures related to the fire protection program and emer-gency management plan;
  • Act as the Emergency Response Director for the College and maintain on-call availability 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, in case of emergency;
  • Act as the EOC Deputy Director for emergency management;
  • Monitor potential business risk situations as they relate to facilities management, health, and safety; work collaboratively with internal team members and external department managers to mitigate areas of risk; and
  • Oversee acquisition, maintenance, and ongoing liaison with the College’s project insurance cover-age.

Human Resources Management

  • Provide effective leadership and direction to all staff by establishing priorities and objectives, and fostering effective teamwork among employees;
  • Manage recruitment, selection, evaluation, and discipline of employees reporting directly to the Director;
  • Provide training and development to employees on an ongoing basis;
  • Promote effective union/management relationships, and work with union representatives to resolve pro-grams effectively including participation in the grievance process; and
  • Perform other related duties/projects as assigned, including serving as Chair of the Facilities Space and Planning Committee.


The successful candidate should be a refined leader who is well experienced with the complexities of facilities operations and construction management. Possessing a collaborative style of leadership, and demonstrating a high level of professionalism and a student-first approach, the Director, Facilities builds engagement with both staff and stakeholders by creating a team environment, leveraging the considerable expertise and strength that exists within the organization. With a proven knowledge of methods and procedures used in the capital planning, construction, operation, and maintenance of a large institutional setting, the successful incumbent will demonstrate sound knowledge and facilities management principles involved in strategic planning, asset management, customer service, resource allocation, talent management, and safety and security procedures.

Required Qualifications, Education, and Experience

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications and experience:

  • A graduate degree in civil engineering, architecture, facilities management, or a similar related field, or an equivalent combination of business or industry experience;
  • Additional credentialing in Strategic Leadership is considered an asset;
  • Several years of experience at a senior management level in facilities services and construction management, preferably from institutional environments;
  • Extensive experience in managing and supervising staff, preferably in a unionized environment;
  • Demonstrated experience in the management of major planning for construction projects;
  • Experience leading and implementing change including developing new strategies, policies, and procedures;
  • Considerable knowledge of budgetary processes, including the development and administration of budgets; and
  • Sound knowledge of computerized systems/software appropriate to facilities and purchasing operations.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both verbally and in writing;
  • Excellent management, leadership, and team building skills;
  • Strong negotiating skills, and a proven ability to solicit cooperation on special projects;
  • Ability to develop, plan, execute, and complete multiple projects simultaneously;
  • Ability to work well under pressure to effectively meet deadlines/organizational requirements; and
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all College personnel and with members of the external community.

Competencies and Personal Characteristics

Leadership, Coaching & Management - Encourages others and provides direction towards the achievement of goals/priorities; supports the contribution of others as a proactive and positive team player; pro-vides constructive feedback to develop others.

Problem Solver & Decision Maker – Considers many perspectives and viewpoints to make well-reasoned decisions; demonstrates comfort and facility with uncertainty and ambiguity, and seeks input from a wide range of stakeholders and constituents to find mutually beneficial solutions.

Visionary and Strategic Thinker– Energizes staff around Langara’s vision and keeps the bigger picture in mind; is attentive to economic, academic, business, and technical environments and constantly seeks opportunities for improvement and growth; analyzes and articulates emerging trends to steer a successful course for Langara.

Integrity and Maturity – Builds and maintains an environment of trust by acting with openness, honesty, and respect; is ethical in all conduct and efforts and maintains composure in difficult situations; admits own mistakes and recognizes own limitations, taking responsibility to find working solutions

Creativity and Innovation – Develops new insights into situations; challenges traditional assumptions and asks deeper questions to stimulate and facilitate creative thinking; encourages new ideas and perspectives; generates and implements new or cutting edge solutions and processes that move the organization forward.

Effective Working Relationships – Treats staff, colleagues, and students with respect, building and maintaining a crucial network of contacts within Langara and the community; resolves conflicts respectfully, negotiates effectively, and seeks to understand key influencers and decision-makers as well as needs of students and staff.

Collaboration and Collegiality – Values and demonstrates inclusivity, openness, civility, and respect; creates the right conditions to foster healthy and inclusive dialogue with staff and students, and demonstrates an under-standing of and appreciation for Langara’s internal culture and operating practices.

Communication – Uses personal interaction and language to effectively influence, inspire, and lead others; presents ideas/thoughts in an enthusiastic and civil manner; is an attentive and responsive listener.

Team Mentorship and People Development – Fosters a sense of team spirit and directs individuals towards the achievement of team and organizational goals; is visible and approachable, helping others clarify purpose and objectives; clearly sets expectations and goals, providing required support/resources; rewards team successes.

Student and Community Focused – Responds and attends to the needs of students and colleagues, and other internal and external stakeholders of the department and organization; expands Langara’s community involvement by connecting with community leaders and building its reputation; maintains close proximity with student interests and acts as an advocate for Langara within the community and with all external contacts.


A competitive compensation package will be provided including an attractive base salary and excellent benefits. Further details will be discussed in a personal interview.


Nick Lay or Greg Longster


#880—609 Granville Street

Vancouver, BC V7Y 1G5

Phone: (604) 688-8422



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